From the Editor's Desk Over the weekend, I was fortunate to meet two gentlemen who are using the power of education to transform the next generation of India. Ramji Raghavan's Agastya International Foundation is instilling scientific curiosity in the minds of rural children all over India. It reaches over 1.5 million children and 250,000 teachers every year through its mobile science fairs and its campus in Andhra Pradesh. Backers include Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, A M Naik and Narayana Murthy. In far flung Ladakh, another visionary, Sonam Wangchuk is transforming Ladakh (and its school system) using smart engineering and science, including the use of innovative ice stupas to solve water problems. Sonam seems to be the inspiration behind Phunsuk Wangdu in the movie 3 Idiots - Comment
Uber takes on Ola with fare cuts in 10 non-metros Taxi aggregator Uber has cut fares by up to 22 per cent in 10 non-metro cities including Pune and Ahmedabad, a move that will intensify competition with domestic rival, Ola. While fares have been slashed by 9 per cent in cities like Indore and Nagpur, the same has been cut by 22 per cent in Jodhp
Announcing the Bengaluru edition of Techcircle Startup 2016; registrations open now The Bengaluru edition of Techcircle Startup will provide a comprehensive insight on the startup ecosystem in and around Bengaluru bringing together cutting-edge and disruptive early-stage startups, current and potential investors, angels, seed funds, incubators, accelerators & mentors, along with many of India’s most active VC/PE funds.
Advt: The Power of a Great Digital Hospitality Experience A tsunami of game-changing digital disruptors has swept into the hospitality industry, raising the stakes in delivering the supreme guest experience. Join Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, at Adobe Symposium to get insights into how Taj Hotels plan to bring alive experiences directly from each of their fantastic hotels to screens around the world with breathtaking velocity. Complimentary Registration (for TradeBriefs subscribers).
KPMG launches Digital Village to fill a crucial gap in the startup ecosystem Incubators, accelerators, and other startup support programs abound in every startup hub in the world today. Many of them are giving stellar support to fledgling startups. But much more can be done to fuel innovation and commercialize it, believes KPMG, one of the world’s biggest auditing and financial services companies.
Levi Strauss seeks nod for direct retail Levi Strauss & Co, the maker of the popular Levis denim jeans, has sought the governments permission for converting its existing local wholesale entities into retail.
UIDAI asks ecommerce companies to stop enabling Aadhaar data collection The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked ecommerce companies like eBay, Flipkart, Amazon etc., to not allow merchants on their platforms to collect Aadhaar information from the general public for printing Aadhaar cards. Doing so or aiding people doing it, will invite a crim
Man calls MLA about jobs in guise of officer A person identifying himself as the agriculture commissioner recently made calls to BJP MLA Medha Kulkarni and Yogesh Gholap, son of former state minister Babanrao Gholap's son, asking them to send unemployed people to him for jobs in his department.
Why B2B Marketers Need to Focus on the Latest MarTech Trends : Report B2B marketing continues to change, especially as its success is intertwined with the latest advances in marketing technology. It was not that long ago that all B2B marketers had to do was generate awareness for their products or services. They would tee up the leads for sales and a certain percentage of them would close.